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6 days Gansu tour to Binglingsi, Xiahe and Langmusi

6 days Gansu tour to Binglingsi, Xiahe and Langmusi

Gannan was ancient “Tea Horse Road”, also known as the “windows to Tibet”. This tour will start from Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu and take you to explore Binglingsi Grottoes hidden beyond the reservoir. Drive across loess plateau and Chinese Muslim towns with numerous mosques, to get to Gannan, the Buddhist holy land for Tibetans.
  • Tour Type: Private tour
  • Tour Price: From *** Note!
  • Destinations: Lanzhou - linxia - Xiahe - Langmusi - Hezuo - Lanzhou
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Day 1

  • Lanzhou Arrival  
  • Meals: No
  • Accommodation: In Lanzhou

Pick up at Lanzhou airport / train station and be transferred to the hotel. Free for the rest of the day, you can explore the city and its distinctive night market on your own.ABFSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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Lanzhou is the geographical center of China, which marks the halfway point for overlanders trekking across the country. Growing up on a strategic stretch of the Yellow River, and sitting between competing Chinese and Central Asian empires. Gansu's elongated capital city frequently changed hands in history, reflected today in its mix of ethnic groups and cultures. ABFSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 2

  • Lanzhou  Xiahe
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Xiahe

After breakfast in the hotel, drive to Liujiaxia Reservoir and take speedboat to Binglingsi Grottoes. After tour, drive about 140km to Xiahe. En route, you will pass by Linxia which is renowned as "small Mecca" and see many mosques of different sizes and styles.ABFSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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Xiahe is hometown of Labrang Monastery, also component part of Amdo Tibetan Region. In the early Han Dynasty, Xiahe was pasture of Qiang Group,and it was occupied by Tibetan Tubo Kingdom, which built the foundation of Tibetan Buddhism's development in Xiahe. In 1709 of Qing Dynasty, Labrang Monastery was built, and then became a holy monastery of Amdo Tibetan Region.ABFSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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Binglingsi Grottoes Is a series of grottoes filled with Buddhist sculpture carved into natural caves and caverns in a canyon along the Yellow River. It lies just north of where the Yellow River empties into the Liujiaxia Reservoir. It is both stylistically and geographically a midpoint between the monumental Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan and the Buddhist Grottoes of central China, Yungang Grottoes near Datong and Longmen Grottoes near Luoyang. The site is extremely remote and can only be reached during summer and fall by boat via the Liujiaxia Reservoir.ABFSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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Binglingsi Grottoes
Binglingsi Grottoes
Binglingsi Grottoes
Binglingsi Grottoes
Binglingsi Grottoes
Binglingsi Grottoes
Binglingsi Grottoes
Binglingsi Grottoes

Day 3

  • Xiahe   Langmusi
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Langmusi

After breakfast, take a 3km kora tour around the monastery, which is also known as the longest prayer corridor of the world, and then visit the Labrang Monastery. After lunch drive to Langmusi, en route visit Gahai lake, an important wetland in the east of Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau.ABFSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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Labrang Monastery
Labrang Monastery
Labrang Monastery
Labrang Monastery
Gahai Lake
Gahai Lake
Gahai Lake
Gahai Lake

Day 4

  • Langmusi  
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Langmusi

After breakfast visit Sertri Monastery, on the Gansu side of the town,which is home to around 350 monks. You can do the pilgrimage kora around Sertri. Then continue to visit Kirti Monastery, on the Sichuan side of the town, which is home to around 750 monks. Behind the monastery is a gorge with several old meditation caves. After lunch explore the town and surroundings.ABFSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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Langmu Monastery
Langmu Monastery
Langmu Monastery
Langmu Monastery
Langmu Monastery
Langmu Monastery
Langmu Monastery
Langmu Monastery

Day 5

  • Langmusi   Hezuo   Lanzhou
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Lanzhou

After breakfast, drive about 165km to Hezuo, the capital city of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, then visit Milarepa Buddha Palace,the monastery was built in 1777, which has nine floors and each floor has different Buddhist statues, deities and scriptures. It’s worth a rickety climb up the nine floors not only for the artifacts but also for the decent view of the city from the top. Milarepa Buddha Palace is the main spiritual place for local Tibetans to do the Kora and pray. After lunch in the city, drive to Lanzhou and check in hotel.ABFSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 6

  •   Lanzhou Departure
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: No

After breakfast, be transferred to airport / train station and the tour end.ABFSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Price Includes

  • Private car with air-conditioning and driver
  • Land transfers between airport / train station / hotels and scenic sites
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast (4 stars with nice breakfast)
  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • Lunch and dinner as listed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee as listed in the itinerary
  • 24 H / 7D English speaking telephone service
  • Government taxes

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, phone bills and optional activities …
  • Gratitude for guides and drivers as international practice
  • China Entry Visa
  • Travel insurance (full coverage travel insurance from you country of origin)

Hotels

For all standard tours, The Silk Road China Tours will choose the best 4 stars hotel in different destinations. The hotel was evaluated comprehensively by its room size, cleanness, location, service and breakfast. It can well satisfy most western travelers and brings you relaxation, comfort and convenience.


If you want to upgrade the hotel to Deluxe standard or you have some special requirements, please inform us in the booking form or email us.


At some remote regions or ethnic area, there are no 4 stars or 5 stars hotels available. So we will arrange the best local hotel and notify the situation in advance.

Meals

Normally The Silk Road China Tours provides two meals each day: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.


Breakfast


It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, Chinese style, or a combination.


Lunch


When plan your lunches, we consider the balance of food quality, dining environment and tour convenience. We will provide lunch in a local restaurant whenever possible. The meal will give you an opportunity to eat at local restaurant, follow local customs, and taste local dishes. However in some remote regions where it’s simply hard to find a non-tourist restaurant, the meal could be arranged at a local tourist restaurant or a local family


Your own dinner choice


Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in China. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All of our tour guides are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides in China who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed safe drivers.


Private Tour Guide


You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, your guide will stay at your side until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our travel guides in every destination are locals, who know the area well, they are very good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for taking your best photos.
When changing your itinerary is needed due to unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you have a wonderful experience.


Private Transportation


When plan your lunches, we consider the balance of food quality, dining environment and tour convenience. We will provide lunch in a local restaurant whenever possible. The meal will give you an opportunity to eat at local restaurant, follow local customs, and taste local dishes. However in some remote regions where it’s simply hard to find a non-tourist restaurant, the meal could be arranged at a local tourist restaurant or a local family


Your own dinner choice


With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most of your experience in China.

In every destination visited, your vehicle is air conditioned, clean, and expertly maintained. Your private driver is licensed, insured, and very experienced.

To maximize your comfort, we use vehicles with extra space for you and your luggage. Depending on how many are traveling together, we generally use sedans or mini vans (7 seats) for 4 people or less, large vans or small coaches (12-22 seats) for 5-12 people, medium coaches (33 – 37 seats) for 13 – 25 people, and large coaches (45 seats over) for more than 25 people.

Tipping Guidelines

It is customary to tip service providers in the travel industry in Asia, depending on the service. Tipping is expected — though not compulsory — and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping drivers (5 USD per person per day as a guideline) and local guides (8 USD per person per day as a guideline) would depend on the quality and length of the service.

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